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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

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We have a number of exciting, short term vacancies for Seasonal Rangers across Scotland, commencing in May through to the end of October 2021. If you love the great outdoors and have face to face customer service experience then we’d love to hear from you!

We’re the largest provider of outdoor recreation in Scotland. During 2020 our forests and trails were busier than ever and this high demand is expected to continue throughout 2021.

As a Seasonal Ranger, part of your role will be to encourage our visitors to have a safe, enjoyable and responsible visit, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and ongoing Covid-19 restrictions and guidance. This is a key role providing face to face communication, taking appropriate decisions and resolving problems or issues to ensure our visitors have an enjoyable experience and our partners are involved and kept up to date. The role also includes practical site management.

Main duties

  • Welcoming visitors and providing information and advice on local resources, whilst promoting responsible visitor behaviours;
  • Monitoring and reporting visitor numbers and behaviour;
  • Work with land managers, ranger services, communities and other partners to promote responsible access opportunities and address impact of irresponsible behaviour such as campfires in woodland, party camping, irresponsible dog ownership and litter; reporting breaches of regulations to appropriate services;
  • General site clear up, including litter picking; erecting signage/cones as required;
  • Supervising agency staff contracted to be wardens;
  • Carry out inspections and audits of access routes and sites; undertaking any basic maintenance and repairs as required;
  • Other ad hoc recreation management duties.

Within each of our Regions we have a number of positions available, working a variety of hours. Use the drop down options to find out more. 

The salary for these positions is £25,138 - £26,525 (FTE), with salary award pending.

Central Region

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Covering the beautiful National Park including the Trossachs, East Loch Lomond and Cowal. There may be some work in Glasgow and Kilpatricks required.

We have four positions available, working 19 hours per week, half day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Greater Glasgow and Central

Covering Kilpatrick Hills, Glasgow urban sites such as Cuningar Loop, Carron Valley and sites in Fife and Falkirk.

We have two positions available, working 19 hours per week, half day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

East Region

Aberdeenshire

Nestling in the mighty Grampian Mountains, the forests of Aberdeenshire have their own special character. Thirty forest trails weave through twelve different forests, some are in big forest landscapes, with wide open moorland and powerful skies. Others are close to towns, easy to get to for a brisk walk or a forest run.

We have one position available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

Moray

In Moray you can find miles of waymarked trails with wider forest tracks perfect for gentle cycling or horse riding. The woods are great for families too; beach and play equipment at Roseisle, the tower viewpoint at Culbin, and gentle walking at Torrieston.

We have one position available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

Tay Forest Park

Tay Forest Park is a mosaic of woodlands spread across Highland Perthshire. Within the forests, some of Scotland’s finest views and most impressive trees are waiting to be discovered.

We have one position available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

Tentsmuir

Tentsmuir is a magical combination of forest trails that dip and weave between tall trees and open sand dunes. There’s rich wildlife, from coastal grassland dotted with wildflowers in spring and summer to great flocks of sea birds that come to feed on shellfish.

We have one position available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

North Region

Inverness

You’ll cover our busy woodlands around Inverness and the Black Isle with work around Loch Ness and at sites in Strathgarve including Contin, Rogie Falls, Loch Achilty and Ben
Wyvis. Occasionally you may work in Skye, Glenmore and Glen Affric and other sites as needed.

We have two positions available, working 37 hours per week. One will work over Wednesday to Sunday with the other post covering Saturday to Wednesday. This will include evening work.

South Region

Galloway Forest Park

Based around Galloway Forest Park, home of our Dark Sky Park, you'll be covering a truly spectacular landscape, including Carrick Forest Drive, Loch Ken and Raiders Road. 

We have four positions available, working 37 hours per week on a rota basis. This will include weekend and evening work.

Tweed Valley Forest Park

Based around Tweed Valley Forest Park, you'll also be required to work in Forest of Ae and Mabie Forest, some of the most picturesque and historically rich areas of South Scotland. 

We have four positions available, working 37 hours per week on a rota basis. This will include weekend and evening work.

West Region

Argyll

You'll be working mostly in Glen Orchy and ocassionally in North Oban, Lochgilphead and Fort William, covering some of Scotland's most dramatic and beautiful landscapes.

We have two positions available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

Isle of Mull

You'll be covering one of Scotland's most picturesque islands, focused on our facilites on the Isle of Mull.

We have one position available, working 37 hours per week, Thursday to Monday.

Lochaber

You'll be covering the spectacular landscapes along the Highland Fault Line and the ‘outdoor capital’ area including our sites in Glencoe and Loch Oich.

We have two positions available, both covering Thursday to Monday. One position will be for 37 hours per week, with the other working 19 hours per week.

Person specification

Essential

  • Experience of working in a visitor/customer facing or hospitality role, ideally in an outdoors setting;
  • Great communication skills – you'll be an enthusiastic communicator that develops relationships and rapport naturally with a wide range of people;
  • Current driving licence with access to a vehicle (mileage reimbursed). Alternatively, we will consider other proposals that allow you to travel to remote rural areas that are not served by public transport; 
  • Able to work comfortably in all weathers and all terrains, including rough terrains; 
  • Self-driven and used to lone working without direct supervision, using your judgement to take decisions appropriate to circumstance; 
  • You can offer a flexible approach to working hours, as regular evening, morning and weekend working will be required;
  • Basic countryside management and/or practical maintenance skills; 
  • Familiar with using Microsoft Office packages, such as Outlook, Word and Excel.

Desirable

  • First aid certificate;
  • Knowledge of the outdoors in the area/locality of work;
  • Understanding of Land Reform (Scotland) Act and Scottish Outdoor Access Code;
  • Experience of engaging with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Existing PVG Disclosure Certificate, dated within the last 12 months.

How to apply

Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • A statement, using a maximum of 400 words, addressing the following. “From your experience give a specific example where you handled a situation with an upset or angry customer. Describe the situation, what you did and what the outcome was";
  • State which role(s) you're interested in.

Closing date for applications is 17 April, with interviews being held on 27 and 28 April.

 

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